This session - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (Chapters 1-6)
Our book club will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and we encourage you to bring your lunch and your curiosity. Try to read the book but if you can't get to it, still join us for discussion.
Questions to consider (selected from the reading guide put together by the author)
How can we make generalizations about what it means to be white when we don’t know each person’s individual story?
What are some constructive ways to use your emotional reactions when your opinions on racism are challenged?
How does the birdcage metaphor illustrate oppression?
Discuss Coates’s statement that race is the child of racism, not the father.
How is the author using the term “white supremacy”?
Take a few minutes to share some of your answers to the reflection questions on pp. 35-37. What surprised you?
Why does the author say that white progressives cause the most daily harm to people of color?
What are the earliest racial messages you can recall? Try to move beyond what you were openly told and work to identify implicit messages.
If you are white, share some examples of the good/bad binary in your own responses to sugges- tions that you are complicit with racism.
If you are white, when was the last time someone challenged you to look at an aspect of yourself related to racism? How did you feel? How did you respond? What insights did/can you gain from the exchange? If no one has ever challenged you (or not in a very long time), what might that tell you about how whiteness shapes your life?
Why haven’t affirmative action programs changed our racial outcomes?
The author states that the film The Blind Side is “insidiously anti-black.” Using the framework of the book, explain how a viewer can not notice the anti-black messages yet still be shaped by them.